Tour of Oman 2014: Greipel wins final stage while Froome defends title
Hat-trick for the 'Gorilla' while Froome completes brace
Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) has won the final stage of the 2014 Tour of Oman on a day when Team Sky's Chris Froome wrapped up a second overall victory.
The German sprint king, affectionately known as 'The Gorilla', won the third stage of his 2014 Omani campaign, having previously claimed victories on stages one and three.
Greipel saw off the challenge of the former French champion, Nacer Bohanni (FDJ.fr), while young Irishman, Sam Bennett (NetApp-Endura), continued his excellent form by finishing third.
Perhaps the more significant outcome, however, was the sealing of a second consecutive overall victory for Froome. The defending champion placed matters beyond the control of his rivals with a single, decisive strike en route to the summit of Green Mountain on stage five, and today had to do little more than remain upright to conclude his victory.
There was no change in the top 10 on general classification, with BMC Racing's Tejay Van Garderen claiming second overall, 26 seconds behind Froome. Colombia's Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was third overall, a further five seconds back.
Tour of Oman 2014: stage six - result
1) Andre Greipel (GER) - Lotto-Belisol - 3.25.41
2) Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - FDJ.fr - ST
3) Sam Bennett (IRE) - NetApp-Endura
4) Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Katusha
5) Michael Morkov (DEN) - Tinkoff-Saxo
6) Filippo Fortin (ITA) - Bardiani-CSF
7) Matteo Trentin (ITA) - Omega Pharma-QuickStep
8) Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - Orica-GreenEDGE
9) Borut Bozic (SLO) - Astana
10) Peter Sagan (SLO) - Cannondale
1) Chris Froome (GBR) – Team Sky – 22.02.26
2) Tejay Van Garderen (USA) – BMC Racing +26"
3) Rigoberto Uran (COL) – Omega Pharma-Quickstep +31"
4) Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) – Katusha +48"
5) Robert Gesink (NED) – Belkin +57"
6) Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) – Ag2r-La Mondiale +1.01"
7) Sergio Henao (COL) – Team Sky +1.19
8) Roman Kreuziger (CZE) – Tinkoff-Saxo +1.25
9) Johann Schopp (SUI) – IAM Cycling +1.32
10) Daniel Moreno (ESP) – Katusha +1.34